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Turbo Shell Operculum

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Left to Right: Cleaned and Polished Turbo Operculum shells

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The turbo shell operculum comes from the Turbo imperialis sea snail.  The operculum is a corneous or calcareous structure like a trapdoor which is used to close the aperture of the shell when the soft parts of the snail are retracted.  Opercula may be ground up and used to make incense and perfumes or as an organic "gemstone" in rings, bracelets, amulets, and other decorative ornaments.

The opercula measure 1.5" to 2" long and weigh between 21 to 36 grams (0.7 to 1.2 oz.).

Order Code Description Price
R-1216-10 Turbo Shell Operculum:Cleaned Buy on
R-1216-20 Turbo Shell Operculum:Polished

Genus and species: Turbo imperialis. Wild.

Turbos are not an endangered species and are not subject to CITES controls.

USFWS export permit is required for all shipments outside the U.S.

Product of Madagascar, Processed in South Africa

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